If you’ve been charged with theft of any kind in Wisconsin, retaining a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney will give your case its best chance for success.

According to Wisconsin statute 943.20, theft punishable by law includes:

  • Intentionally taking the property of another without the owner’s consent, with the intent of permanently depriving the owner
  • Converting to a person’s own use the property of another as a result of the person’s office or position, without the owner’s consent
  • Taking property from another who has a right to possession of the property, intentionally and without consent
  • Obtaining title to another’s property by intentionally deceiving the person with a false representation, made with intent to defraud
  • Intentionally failing to return any personal property in the person’s possession due to a lease or rental agreement.

But there are also different classes of theft with different severities, as follows:

  • Class A Misdemeanor Theft – Property or services stolen is less than $2,500.
  • Class I Felony Theft – Property or services stolen is greater than $2,500 but less than $5,000.
  • Class H Felony Theft – Property or services stolen is greater than $5,000 but less than $10,000 or is a firearm or is a domestic animal of value.
  • Class G Felony Theft – Property or services stolen is greater than $10,000.
  • Civil Penalties for shoplifters, or the parent or guardian of a juvenile shoplifter, when the total property stolen is of minimal value.

As you can see, there are many variables when it comes to theft charges, a lot of which depends on motive and value of the asset allegedly stolen. The consequences, if convicted, could affect you for the rest of your life.

If you’ve been accused of committing theft, the experienced Waukesha Theft, Burglary and Property Crime Defense Attorneys of Huppertz & Powers, S.C. will fight for your rights and help you build the strongest case.

Call us today to schedule a 100% free and confidential initial meeting: 262-549-5979. You can also fill out our online contact form for a prompt response.

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